How historic was his performance?
His best moment came in the second with about a minute remaining in the period. The fairy-tale ending almost came to an end at that point, but the young goalie made an impressive stick save to keep the Leafs ahead 1-0.
Garret Sparks keeps it out. #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/eQ2KP2OkS1
Garret Sparks: The first #Leafs goalie to record a shutout in his NHL debut. #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/KK0R9v6TXv
One year ago, the Leafs’ draft pick was playing for the Orlando Solar Bears in the East Coast Hockey League. The 22-year-old Illinois native was picked in the seventh round (190th overall) by Toronto in the 2011 NHL entry draft.
Garret Sparks fought back tears when asked about his parents: “I owe everything to them” pic.twitter.com/puMMDfnjbs